MA in English Program - Applied English Studies

What Is Applied English Studies?

The MA in English—with an emphasis in Applied English Studies—offers a comprehensive curriculum meant to prepare students for a range of pursuits. With an emphasis on professional development, the program expands opportunities for K-12 teachers and prepares students for Ph.D. programs and jobs in college teaching as well as careers in publishing, editing, professional writing, librarianship, digital scholarship, and teaching English abroad.

You’ll study how language acts upon the world in order to communicate effectively with diverse communities, in both print and digital media. You’ll participate in conversations about social justice, pedagogy, literature, writing, and representation that extend beyond the classroom and hone your skills in critical reading, writing, teaching, research, and digital humanities. Working one-on-one with faculty and in a supportive cohort of emerging writers and scholars, you’ll apply learning in real-world settings—in the community, in the university library, in the classroom and writing center. The program values the deep connection between theory and practice and emphasizes hands-on learning through teaching assistantships, tutoring positions, and internships in digital humanities, ESL/EFL, library curating and archiving, teaching, editing, and tutoring.

Required courses: (8) 4-unit seminars + thesis project = 34 units

  • Graduate Studies Introduction (ENGL 600)
  • Cultural Studies Introduction (ENGL 605)
  • Digital Humanities (ENGL 615)
  • Teaching ESL Reading & Writing (ENGL 614)
  • Theory of Rhetoric & Composition (ENGL 612)
  • Reading and Writing Pedagogy (ENGL 611)
  • Reading Historically (ENGL 546)
  • Problems in Form, Genre, Media (ENGL 536)
  • Master’s Thesis Project (ENGL 690)
  • One year of a language other than English taken at the college level

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For additional information about our MA program in English, please contact:
Michael Eldridge, Graduate Coordinator
707.826.5906 | | FH 168
Fabiola Mendoza, Administrative Support Assistant
707.826.3758 | | FH 201

Graduate Program Handbook